Musee Grevin (before letters), 1900

Cheret, Jules poster: Musee Grevin (before letters)

This is the most famous of several posters Chéret made for the Musée Grévin, a Parisian museum which offered shows to supplement its permanent exhibits. Promoting an artists’ festival, the poster is alive with a sense of magic and mystery as the curtain rises. Out from a moonlit, mist-filled background pour a mime, a beautiful dancer, a man on a mule, and a host of fascinating characters.

Musée Grévin is one of the most poetic creations of Chéret, the father of the lithographic poster. Its richness of texture and color is a perfect example of the possibilities of the economical four stone technique which he invented, and how Chéret singlehandedly converted the boulevards of Paris to the “art gallery of the street.”

Cheret, Jules

35 x 49 inches (89 x 124 cm)

Lithograph | Backed on linen

Inventory #FRL06398

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